Meritor launches logistics arm

Truck component builder Meritor [MTOR] has established Meritor Aftermarket Services as an “aftermarket-based” 3rd-party multiple logistics operation. According to the company, the new business will offer “unique, core logistics competencies including packaging and kitting, material planning, warehousing, distribution, customer support and consulting services

Truck component builder Meritor [MTOR] has established Meritor Aftermarket Services as an “aftermarket-based” 3rd-party multiple logistics operation. According to the company, the new business will offer “unique, core logistics competencies including packaging and kitting, material planning, warehousing, distribution, customer support and consulting services.”

“A number of manufacturers are seeking smart, efficient aftermarket 3PL capabilities,” said Craig Cartmill, gm of Meritor’s Worldwide Aftermarket Operations. “By fully understanding our depth of warehouse, inventory, and distribution processes – serving nearly 6,000 customers and shipping over 7,000 lines daily, we’re augmenting that with a fully-implemented lean distribution and supply chain system. This new business is an innovative global system featuring technology-based, voice-activated parts-order-picking.”

The company said Meritor Aftermarket Services will offer these advantages:

  • Highly- productive distribution operations “driven by lean processes and a culture that deliver cost-saving services”
  • Advanced demand-forecasting and safety stock techniques “that promote customer loyalty and market share through high fill-rates and service levels”
  • Capacity to assemble complex kits and deploy highly-automated packaging equipment “to ensure worry-free shipments and attractive branding at points-of-purchase”
  • Improvement in inventory turnover “through methods such as high-velocity picking zones”
  • A comprehensive remanufacturing capability “supplying a broad portfolio of commercial vehicle components and industrial products”
  • Streamlined access to global customers and suppliers “with distribution centers in China, India, Australia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil, as well as the U.S.and Canada and six remanufacturing centers around the globe.”

Paul Nyers, manager-- sales, and Jason Kraus, manager-- business development, will lead the global market strategy implementation for Meritor Aftermarket Services.

According to Cartmill, the logistics business will launch this October.

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